Crowd Surfing and Moshing Banned at Concerts in New Safety Guidelines

As some states begin the reopening process following the global health crisis, new rules and guidelines are going to come with that. Now, according to The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide, which is a guide curated by industry professional creating protocol to help enforce new safety policies.

Music fans are eagerly anticipating the reopening of their states and the relaunch of the music industry so that they can get back out to see their favorite artists perform. However, with that comes a new policy that rock and metal fans are not going to enjoy. As it is now a new guideline reads ““Patrons cannot all stand at the front of the stage like they are accustomed; moshing and crowd surfing are violations of social distancing per se and must be absolutely prohibited during this pandemic.””

The guideline also mentions that these new guidelines will be similar to those that were implemented after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Fans will get accustomed to these new changes quickly and it will be like the new normal.

“At this early moment, there is as much resistance to face coverings and social distancing as there was to bag checks and magnetometers in the United States after 9/11. We got used to them, and most people came to accept that they were for our own safety. A cultural change is necessary again. Widespread messaging by venue and event professionals can accomplish two essential goals: (a) patrons will learn that the new rules are for their protection, which will eventually lead to greater compliance; and (b) transparently showing new sanitary practices will coax nervous people back into public places.”

Other suggested safety guidelines include measuring out the proper ‘social distancing’ (6ft) measures with “gaff tape, spray chalk, survey flags and or cones.” They also said that taking each concert goer and employees temperature upon entering the venue with “Anyone displaying a temperature over 100.4 F (38.0 C) should be taken to a private area for a secondary temperature screening,” and if your temperature reaches over a certain number, to issue a refund and deny entry.

“Each point of entry, both front and back of house, should be monitored by workers trained and approved under the Infection Mitigation Coordinator’s supervision. These workers will conduct temperature screening using ‘no-touch’ thermometers approved by the Infection Mitigation Coordinator. Anyone displaying a temperature over 100.4 F (38.0 C) should be taken to a private area for a secondary temperature screening. Workers or patrons confirmed to have a higher temperature should be denied entry and directed to appropriate medical care. Safety plans should include a refund policy and protocols how to handle groups where one member is denied entry.”

Heavy sanitation of concert venues including but not limited to door handles, barricades, desk, ticket counters and elevators are to be taken, also the guide encourages paid sick leave for workers who may have an illness to prevent further contamination or sickness.

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